Playwright Spotlight: Jennifer Dice



Author of I Can’t Go Home (2016 Cupcake Spring Readings– Shorts Night!)

Where did the idea for your play come from?

The idea for this play has been with me for a long time, from back when I listened to a lot of really old folk music. I made a lot of sketches and notes for a graphic novel with elements of this story. I like traditional folk songs and I also like fairy tales – the really dark old creepy ones. The stories and lyrics get jumbled up and don’t always make literal sense. The appeal is on some deeper emotional level.

What was your favorite moment in working on this piece?

I was very happy to be able to make use of the scene in the Devil’s house. I’ve had it brewing in my mind for awhile. My Devil looks like Gorgeous George, the pro wrestler.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am writing a short play for the Seattle Public Theater Youth Program. It’s called “The Umbrella”, it’s about ghosts and delivery men, and my husband Steven is directing it.

Finish this sentence- “I love theater that…”

…is unusual, but not incomprehensible.

Who is your current artist crush (any discipline)?

Sara Porkalob

What was the best advice you were given as a theater artist?

“Don’t make it one word longer than it needs to be.”

What is the one thing you know as an artist now that you wish you could tell your younger self?

A well written play for youth can be adapted for adult theater very easily, simply by adding sex and curse words.

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?

Distance running and organizational psychology.

What is your favorite and least favorite word?

This is a tough one. I don’t have anything against any particular word. I’m cheating by picking phrases instead. Favorite: ‘good luck, buddy’ Least favorite: ‘everything happens for a reason’

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Love, Life, Puppies, …really – anything at all?)

I’m very honored to be included in this event by the fine people of Live Girls!



Jennifer Dice began her theater career by stage managing “Little Mary Sunshine” in high school. The Drama teacher told her not to be so mean to the actors. Later, while attending art school at the University of Washington, she met a graduate directing student named Steven Sterne and started doing some set design. She wrote her first scripts for The Late Night Club at the New City Theater in the late 80’s, including the infamous “Li’l Spartacus”. Jennifer and Steven got married, have done a lot of plays both together and separately and have two theatrically-minded children. Jennifer’s work has been seen at Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program, Ghost Light Theatricals, and 14/48, The Worlds Quickest Theater Festival. On weekdays, she works for The Government.